Finger injuries are all the rage these days.
Lost in the numerous investigation conclusions and reshuffled title fights is that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk will seemingly not defend her belt against Claudia Gadelha in a proposed rematch at UFC 195 on Jan. 2, 2016, like promotion president Dana White had originally planned.
According to Yahoo Sport's Kevin Iole, White has already pegged No. 10-ranked Valerie Letourneau to replace the shelved "Claudinha," who will need three months to nurse a partially torn ligament in her middle finger before she can actually punch with it.
"I just have to rethink all of this," White said. "There are a lot of ways we can go, but we'll make this a kick-ass event and we'll get back at it and figure out [UFC 195] and do the same thing with that."
Iole stated that "he [White] wanted to move strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk's title defense against Valerie Letourneau, which had been set for UFC 195, to Melbourne as the co-main to Rousey-Holm, but it is too soon for Letourneau to be ready."
The news comes on the eve of the women's Bantamweight title matchup between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm being moved to headlining duties at UFC 193 (previously scheduled for UFC 195 as well) inside the 70,000-seat Etihad Stadium.
It's an effort to break the all-time attendance record for a mixed martial arts (MMA) event after Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler withdrew from his second title defense against Carlos Condit late last night.
Gadelha was tapped as the No. 1 contender at 115 pounds after dominating Jessica Aguilar at UFC 190 earlier this month. She is 2-1 in UFC; her lone loss a close contest versus "Joanna Champion" at UFC on FOX 13 in Dec. 2014.
Her replacement, Letourneau, is undefeated in UFC (3-0) while sporting an 8-3 overall MMA record. "Trouble" is coming off of a unanimous-decision romp over Maryna Moroz at UFC Fight Night 74 one week ago.
Most fans more than likely wanted to see the Jedrzejczyk-Gadelha grudge match take place, but it will now have to wait a little while longer.
Stay with MMAmania.com as news involving the re-worked title fights and injuries to said fighters continues to break.